Yeah! This was a new summit and had not been be activated until today. ATNO (All Time New One) is a a new acronym I recently learned in the world of DX. Although this does not apply to SOTA, I think we should consider our own abbreviation for an activation of a summit for the first time.
A rare cool day in Southern California that stayed cloudy and comfortable while I walked about 0.6 miles up 200 feet to the barren summit. I parked at the end of Del Dois (33.442749, -117.588647) where there is a trail head for the Rancho San Clemente Trail. The summit (33.4376, -117.5895) was ideal with APRS and T-Mobile Cell service with SMS and Data. Most of my SPOT’s were posted via my DeLorme Inreach using the Iridium satellites due to a temporary problem with the SPOT website not recognizing the new summit. SMS also worked fine.
After the activation I took time to grab the Geocache GC1P5DB Just a poster in SC (https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC1P5DB_just-a-poster-in-sc).
Contacts were readily made on 40 meters even with the local band noise. 20 meters was the winning band for me. I tried several of the higher bands for at least 20 minutes each with no contacts at all so I had to agree with the poor propagation that was predicted.
Date: 04/May/2016 Summit: W6/SC-460 (906) Call Used: KB6CIO
|15:14z||NA6MG||144MHz||FM||S55 R59 QRG:146.58 NAME:Dan He had fun on Mt Williams and Mt Lewis yesterday|
|15:17z||NG6R||7MHz||SSB||S59 R53 QRG:7.195 From Palos Verdes QTH|
|15:20z||KX6A||7MHz||SSB||S44 R44 QRG:7.195 We will do coffee soon|
|15:21z||W6WTI||7MHz||SSB||S59 R59 QRG:7.195 NAME:Fred QTH N Calif coast near Timber 60m N SF. He will activate Lighthouse at Pt Arena in summer.|
|15:23z||W7RV||7MHz||SSB||S59 R56 QRG:7.195 QTH:AZ Band noise|
|15:27z||K6EL||7MHz||SSB||S44 R44 QRG:7.199 SF local QRM|
|15:40z||KM6CEM||144MHz||SSB||S44 R44 QRG:146.58 NAME:Charles QTH:CA|
|15:45z||W0ERI||14MHz||SSB||S55 R55 QRG:14.285 NAME:Martha QTH:KS|
|15:46z||W0MNA||14MHz||SSB||S55 R57 QRG:14.285 NAME:Gary QTH:KS|
|15:47z||WW7D||14MHz||SSB||S59 R59 QRG:14.285 QTH:Seattle|
|15:49z||N1GB||14MHz||SSB||S33 R33 QRG:14.285 Great op with weak signal both ways who worked hard to complete QSO|
|15:53z||NS7P||14MHz||SSB||S59 R59 QRG:14.285 NAME:Phil Oregon|
|15:57z||K8LJG||14MHz||SSB||S55 R55 QRG:14.285|
|16:05z||W7CNL||14MHz||SSB||S59 R57 QRG:14.285 QTH:Boise|